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Cost Comparison Of iSCSI Versus Fibre Channel SAN Components

Favorable Economics Makes iSCSI Worthy Of Serious Consideration

February 7, 2008

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  • By Andrew Reichman
  • with Rachel A. Dines,
  • Simon Yates

Why Read This Report

Although a great deal of energy is expended discussing the performance differences of IP-based and Fibre Channel (FC)-based storage area networks (SAN), it is generally accepted that it is cheaper to deploy an iSCSI SAN. This report dissects the components of an IP-based SAN and compares the up-front and ongoing costs versus a FC SAN. The cost advantage of iSCSI is so significant in terms of server side and switch network costs that you owe it to your budget to determine which applications would be a good fit for this technology. Some implementations of IP-based storage networking can struggle with high intensity application workloads, others have matured significantly and are more capable of handling enterprise-class applications. Given the hardware acquisition cost benefits as well as synergies in network staff and infrastructure, significant benefits can be gained from the use of iSCSI-based SAN architectures.

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Table of Contents

  • What Are The Use Cases For iSCSI Versus Fibre Channel Storage Area Networks?
  • Anatomy Of A Storage Area Network
  • Putting The Costs Together
  • Consider The Soft Benefits Of IP-Based Storage As Well

  • iSCSI Deserves Serious Consideration In Storage Strategies
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